I just got this tv from the shop last week. Spent $400.00 for repairs, also for a new lamp. 1st day back the tv work fine, then, i would turn on the t.v. getting the sound, but not the picture. sometimes the red lamp light would come on. then it will stay on with only the sound not the picture. the tech at the repair shop told me to throw away the tv, but, i already put a lot of money in to this t.v. So, im thinking it might be the bulb that the techs replace? on the new bulb it has a #082200080429. But, the old blown out bulb read #915p020010. Could this be the problem? please help, thank you!
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Lamps have a limited life. They useually last 1000 hours or so. If the TV is on from 07:00 until say 23:00 every day, that equates to 60 days. There is no such lamp as a "One time replacement lamp" as they do not last for ever. The average life of a lamp is just about 6 months. If the picture is cloudy is probably needs the optice cleaning. It is very fiddly and damage can occur easily so get an authorised Hitachi repair service department to clean it for you. It should be carried out in your home and will take less than an hour. If anything gets broken, it is not your problem if they are heavy handed.
Rulds2008 is probably right. I had the same problem, but have no TV repair shop near me. So since I have experience fixing computers, I decided to repair the TV myself. I initially repaired the Lamp, but the TV still flashed all three lights. Called Samsung and they told me that I might need to replace the ballast, but it would be best to bring it to a repair shop. The repair shop offered to come out and look at it for $150 or bring it in for $120, even though they were about 30 mins away. Ordered both parts on www.Samsungparts.com and got them in three days. Still had the three flashing lights. Took apart the entire TV (googled it on youtube) and vacuumed and dusted the TV and took apart the color wheel (about 20-30 mins). It was completed busted. Found out that if the color wheel is broken, it will not send a signal to the ballast to tell it to start up and power the lamp. So if you have replaced the lamp and/ or the ballast and it does not light up, it is more than likely that it is your color wheel (buy it on ebay or amazon, got it in three days versus a 3-4 week back order on company sites). Also, make sure the power switch on back is being pushed upwards and not downwards or the TV also will not start. Total parts cost me ($400) versus having someone else fix it and charge me double with labor and parts. TV is better than ever. Hope this helps.
Probably a bad lamp. The lamp is the number one cause of failure for this set. The good news is that these lamps are user-replaceable. Just open the sliding door on the back of the set and unscrew the two thumbscrews that hold the lamp into the light engine (the big black plastic assembly). Then pull the lamp out by its handle (the silver clip). look into the side where light is supposed to shine out to see the actual lamp. If it is not shiny and clear, it's probably no good. These lamps are literally available everywhere you go to get tv repairs done. Most shops can even test your old lamp if its condition is questionable. Average price is $150US and is most likely the cheapest repair you can have done to these sets. Just put a new lamp back in, reset the on-screen user menu, and you're good to go for another 5000 hours.
If the lamp is ok, I would recommend having an authorized service center take a look at the set. Since this set originally sold for around $3000US, it's most likely worth repairing. That decision is totally up to you, but a new comparable set will run you around the same price, and flat-panel tv's are much less reliable than the one you have already. Imagine hanging a picture window on your wall, with fluorescent lights behind it. How fragile is that???
I recommend authorized service centers because they generally have more expertise in repairing newer equipment like this set and can repair to component level. This saves you time and money, since you don't have to wait for the repair shop to order a whole circuit card (example) rather than just replace a chip and a few (cheap) small parts (which they stock). End result: you pay $200 less and get your tv back in three days instead of three weeks. That is, if they don't fix it in your home the same day. Either way, an estimate is cheap compared to the price of this set and can usually be done in a day or so.
I have 65" Mits. lamp lasted about 2+ years and burned out. bought new on internet, that lasted about 5 months and went. Got free replacement and that lasted about 4 months. No more free replacements ...
Bought new from different source and it burned out in a week.
Note: These were ALL OSRAM original lamps from reputable suppliers.
They sent a new one but also cautioned about cleaning the "filter" on the lamp housing. NOT the large screens on either side, but the small rectangular one (about 3/4" x 2"). I did this with a shop vac pulling and pushing from every angle and it was really clogged almost solid. No way air was going across the bulb to cool it.
THIS IS CRUCIAL and I feel is the keys to the kingdom! I did this and voila - no more "plastic smell" when installing the new lamp and everything's great!
I feel that Mits should be held accountable for this for not recommending the lamp housing be cleaned periodically (maybe yearly). I really feel if this were done with my original one it would have last a lot longer.
I am not sure what the problem is, but usually if a lamp is bad, the other 2 lamps will still function. Since you are getting no picture at all, I am thinking it is a circuit board problem. TV electronics are expected to last 3-5 years. After that, many components will start to go out one by one. If you have your tv repaired, I would replace the whole circuit boards instead of just the bad component. The power board is the #1 board I would replace 1st. This is the most stressed board and will cause most of your tv problems.
So far I have had no good luck with Mitsubishi. I have had them send me two bulbs and had the tv repaired in the two years I have owned it. My last tv lasted 14 years with NO issue and didn't cost me $1400!! I have been told there is an air flow problem and power supply problems which both lead to low lamp life. I think that if Mitsubishi wants to avoid a class action lawsuit they need to start giving away free lamps for this model. Also, this is not localized to just the 52" tvs. My wifes ex has the 62" and it has the same issues.